Free Insulation – Home Improvement Grant Scheme


Free Insulation – Home Improvement Grant Scheme






Can I Really Get Free Insulation ?



Absolutely you can get free insulation for your loft.

You will aslso get Free Insulation for the rest of your home too as it is a whoule house scheme which is now called the FREE home insulation package.

Energy companies offer free insulation grants to help you make your home more energy efficient, thanks to the government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Scheme.

This blog will inform you about why you need to insulate your home and if you are eligible for a free grant





At the time of writing, feb 2022  many customers in many houses that are off the gas grid  can still get a free grant to insulate their homes absolutely free  of charge under the Government Warm Front Scheme.

All Insulation is  generally free of charge to anyone in receipt of a qualifying income/disability benefit or tax credits or on a low income.


Why Cannot Gas Heated Propertys Apply?




Electric heated properties are where the majority of funding is allocated  at the moment as electricity is the most expensive form of heating.

People in Gas Heated Properties will be catered for in Eco 4 where the floodgates will be opened.




What Free Insulation Is  Available  for 2022?

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Why Insulate Your Home?


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Home Insulation is very important as it helps to keep your home feeling cosy as well as cutting your ever increasing energy bills.

It is very important that you check your loft and walls for adequate insulation as you lose the majority of your expensive heat through both mediums.



What Savings Can I Make By Insulating?



How much insulation can save you depends on the size and type of your home, and how energy efficient it is already?

Over time, insulation will pay for itself with the savings you make on your energy bills, so it’s worth doing.


Loft Insulation Bill Savings    :  between £135 and £250 a year

Cavity Wall Bill Savings           between £85 and £280 a year.

Floor insulation:                      between £30 and £75 a year

Internal / External Wall Insulation:  Between £300 – £600 per Year





Who Is Eligible For Free Insulation?


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Eco 3 Grant Scheme


Home Owners & Private rented homes can apply for a FREE INSULATION CHECK if a person living at the property is in receipt of a qualifying benefit OR is eligible under the local LAD Scheme

If you are unsure if you are eligible, please take our short survey below and we will contact you if you can apply for the grant


Does My Loft Need Insulation?


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Check your loft to see if it is insulated properly.

The recommended depth for insulation is around 300 mm or 12 inches for maximum savings on your bills.



In many cases you can top this up yourself on a DIY basis by buying rolls from your local B & Q.

These rolls are usually around £ 25 -£30 to but 6 rolls is usually enough for an average property. These rolls are rolled out onto the loft floor making sure to leave a gap at each eaves end to allow for cross flow ventilation.


Cavity Wall Insulation – What Is It?



The most popular type of insulation obtained through the ECO grant is cavity wall insulation.

This cavity between the walls is filled with an insulating material (usually rockwool or bead) which serves as a barrier to allowing the heat to escape through the walls.

Cavity wall insulation usually costs around £20 per m2 and you can expect to pay around £1200 for an average semi if you pay privately.

Cavity Wall insulation is usually made of fibre glass or bead  and is injected into your cavity walls  to provide a barrier to heat escaping to outside.

Holes are drilled to access the cavity which are then closed up with mortar. The job usually takes about 4 hours to complete




What are Cavity Walls


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Cavity Wall Insulation

Houses built from the 1930s onwards usually have a 1 -3 inch cavity in between the outside and inside wall.

Walls were built this way to stop damp from penetrating the house so that any moisture penetration would drop into the cavity harmlessly.

You can easily tell if your home has cavity walls by measuring their width by the windows or doors.

A solid wall will measure below 260 mm and a cavity wall is usually around 300 mm.



Properties Not Suitable For cavity wall insulation

  • timber framed,
  • metal framed
  • stone properties
  • solid wall
  • flats – permission must be sought by all of the adjoining properties that share the cavity walls
  • damp properties

A Free survey is usually carried out to check suitability.


The Benefits of Cavity Wall Insulation 


Cavity walls insulation is one of the most cost effective ways to save energy and money in your home.
Around 35% all the heat lost in an un-insulated home is through the Cavity walls. 90% of homes have now had it installed.
If you are one of the final 10 % who are thinking about having it done, read on.

Save you around £140 a year.
Average cost is £8 per square meter. Average house will cost £400- £500


Here are 5 benefits of Cavity Wall Insulation Grants

1.      You can save up to £300 a year on your energy bills.

2.      You will improve your home energy efficiency rating making your house more attractive to home buyers

3.      Your Home will get warm more quickly and keep the heat in for longer.

4.      Your home will be a lot cooler in the summer as the insulation helps to stop heat entering the house.

5.      You will reduce your carbon footprint with more efficient fuel consumption





Does My  Walls  Need Insulation?

Check your  cavity walls  to see if they have 1 inch holes in them approx 1 metre apart.

Easiest way is to look under your front windows. If no sign of holes then your  cavities have not been insulated. Worth having a professional out to check as some properties are not suitable for wall insulation.



External Wall Insulation Grants


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Solid walls do not have a cavity between the 2 walls and are therefore known as  9 inch solid walls.
These walls are not suitable for cavity insulation and need insulating from the outside or inside.
Houses built before the 1930’s usually ( but not always) consist of solid walls, and these homes are notoriously cold in the winter.

External insulation greatly helps to retain your home’s heat by providing a barrier to heat loss.

Another benefit is that it  greatly increases your home’s energy efficiency, and helps you save up to 40 % off your energy bills.

Typical saving for an average semi is  around £400 to £500 every year on your energy bills.




How Do You Insulate a Solid Wall?


Solid walls are insulated by applying  a foam type of material  to the walls, on the inside or outside of your home’s walls.


External  wall insulation is usually carried out  by fixing rigid insulation boards to the walls and then they are covered with render, reinforcing mesh and sometimes cladding.

Internal  wall insulation  by installing a stud wall where sheep’s wool insulation, mineral wool or other insulation material will be implemented.  


How Much Is Solid Wall Insulation?

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External Wall Insulation usually costs £80 -£120 per square meter.

Average  Semi costs from £10 k

Internal Wall Insulation usually costs £50 -£90 per square meter.

Average  Semi costs from £6 k



Can I Get a Grant For Internal / External  Wall Insulation?



At the moment this insulation is only available to 100% electric heated homes  but this is being opened up to gas heated homes by Eco 4 when around 22000 homes will be eligible for insulation.





Who Qualifies For The Free Solid Wall Insulation Grant?


To qualify for a free solid wall insulation grant, your walls will need to be solid and made of concrete, stones or bricks with good access around your property.

You must also be the owner of your property or have permission from your landlord for the work to take place


Who Is Eligible For Free Insulation Grants?



 You or someone in your home must be a recipient of one of the following benefits: 

  • Child Benefit *
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Employment & Support Allowance
  • Housing Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Job Seekers Allowance
  • Pension Credit – Guarantee
  • Pension Credit – Savings
  • Universal Credit
  • Working Tax Credit


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